Subject: Spider in Taiwan
Location: Hsinchu County, Taiwan
January 22, 2017 6:29 am
Forgive me if this has already been asked. I live in the countryside of northern Taiwan and spend most mornings running through the hills and mountains as well as farm areas. I take photos as I go.
I have found a spider that seems to spin an x-shaped web. There are so many interesting insects I see in the mountains here that I can’t identify, but this has been the most interesting.
Thanks much for your time!
Signature: paulawanda

Orbweaver

Dear paulawanda,
This magnificent spider is an Orbweaver in the genus
Argiope.  Spiders in that genus are sometimes called Writing Spiders because of the elaborate designs, called stabilimenta, that are woven in their webs.  Many members of the genus are pictured on Wongchunxing.com where Argiope aetheroides looks like a good visual match to your individual.  Insectoid.info indicates “18 Species in Argiopinae for Taiwan listed.”

Orbweaver

Location: Hsinchu County, Taiwan

3 Responses to Writing Spider from Taiwan

  1. paula says:

    Thanks for taking the time to let me know! It really is a magnificent creature. You have a great site and it is much appreciated. Happy Chinese New Year!
    Best,
    paula

  2. paula says:

    Thanks for taking the time to let me know! It really is a magnificent creature. You have a great site and it is much appreciated. Happy Chinese New Year!
    Best,
    paula

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